Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 25, 2020) Location: Guatemala City Event:  According to open source reporting, various organizations have planned peaceful demonstrations across Guatemala from today, November 25 through Sunday, November 29. Announced demonstrations are expected at the following locations in Guatemala City: November 25: Plaza de Constitution, Zone 1, organized by “25 de Noviembre”. …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 21, 2020) Location: Guatemala City Event:  Due to ongoing protests today that have turned violent, U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the Zone 1 area between the Guatemalan Congress and National Palace in Guatemala City. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. …

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Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 18, 2020) Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  FUEGO VOLCANO THREATENS DOWNSTREAM POPULATIONS: Heavy rains from Hurricane Iota have significantly increased the potential for destructive lahars to form on the flanks of Fuego Volcano, threatening populations and infrastructure downstream. Heavy rainfall has the potential to mobilize a large …

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Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 18, 2020) Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  IOTA BRINGS HEAVY RAINS, FLOODING, ROAD CLOSURES:  Tropical depression Iota will continue to bring heavy rains across portions of Guatemala today.  Life-threatening flash floods along with river flooding and mudslides are expected through Thursday, and could be exacerbated …

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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 17, 2020) Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  HURRICANE IOTA WEAKENS, BUT HEAVY RAINS FORECAST:  Iota made landfall in Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane Monday, but weakened overnight and is currently a category 2 hurricane. Iota is forecast to further weaken today into a …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Georgia U.S. Senate Special Runoff Election – November 16, 2020

The Embassy of the United States of America Guatemala City, Guatemala The state of Georgia will hold a special senate runoff election on January 5, 2021.  If you are registered to vote in Georgia, you should automatically receive your ballot by November 21, 2020.  If you are not registered to vote in Georgia, the registration …

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Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City

Guatemala – November 16, 2020. Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  HURRICANE IOTA STRENGTHENING, PACAYA VOLCANO INCREASES ACTIVITY: Iota has strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane, with winds speeds of up to 155 mph (249 km/h), and could develop into a Category 5 hurricane as it approaches Central America tonight and moves onshore in Nicaragua and Honduras. Iota …

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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 13, 2020) Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event: POTENTIAL TROPICAL STORM FORECAST: A weather system currently developing in the Caribbean is forecast to strengthen over the weekend into a tropical depression or tropical storm, bringing heavy rainfall over an area extending from northeastern Nicaragua to eastern …

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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Location: Guatemala, country wide. Event: POTENTIAL TROPICAL STORM FORECAST: A weather system currently developing in the Caribbean is forecast to strengthen over the weekend into a tropical depression or tropical storm, bringing heavy rainfall over an area extending from northeastern Nicaragua to eastern Guatemala. Guatemala is expecting over 6 to 10 inches of rainfall (152 to 254 …

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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:   CONTINUED RISK IN AFTERMATH OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION ETA: USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) reports that flash flood threats will continue over southwestern Guatemala during the next 36 hours. River flooding will continue in these areas over the next few days. Guatemala’s INSIVUMEH forecasts rain throughout the south (Pacific Coast) and …

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Message to US citizens: Weather Alert – Tropical Depression Eta (Update)

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 7, 2020)  Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  CONTINUED RISK IN AFTERMATH OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION ETA:  Additional rainfall is forecast in Alta Verapaz, Peten and Izabal through Sunday, November 8, with increased risk of landslides, mudslides, flooding across multiple departments and lahares on Fuego and Santiaguito volcanoes. …

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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 6, 2020)  Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  CONTINUED RISK IN AFTERMATH OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION ETA:  Tropical Depression Eta moved out to the Caribbean Sea overnight, but additional heavy rainfall is forecast for Guatemala through the weekend, particularly in eastern and northern regions. A State of Calamity …

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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City

Guatemala – (November 5, 2020)  Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  STATE OF EMERGENCY DUE TO TROPICAL DEPRESSION ETA:  The President of Guatemala has declared a state of emergency to the departments of Quiché, Petén, Izabal, Chiquimula, Zacapa and Alta Verapaz, due to the floods and landslides caused by Tropical Depression Eta. Guatemala can expect extended, heavy rainfall …

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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City

Guatemala – (November 4, 2020)  Location:   Guatemala, country wide. Event:  ETA WEAKENS BACK TO TROPICAL STORM:  Having strengthened to a category 4 Hurricane yesterday, November 3 as it made landfall in Nicaragua, Eta has weakened to a Tropical Storm, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 km/h).  Eta will continue to move across Nicaragua today, November …

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Demonstration Alert: Updated Information on October 26 Demonstrations

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 26, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event:  The Embassy has received confirmed reports that several planned, demonstrations and roadblocks are taking place across Guatemala on Monday, October 26.  The participants, veterans of Guatemala’s armed forces, will demonstrate in support of a request to the Guatemalan Congress for “Ley de Dignificacion al Soldado”. …

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Demonstration Alert: October 26 Demonstrations and Roadblocks Cancelled

Demonstration Alert: October 26 Demonstrations and Roadblocks Cancelled Location: Guatemala Event:  The Embassy has received confirmed reports that the demonstrations and roadblocks scheduled to take place across Guatemala on Monday, October 26 have been cancelled. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City https://gt.usembassy.gov/ Tel. (502) 2326-4000 Amcitsguatemala@state.gov State Department – Consular Affairs 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 Guatemala Country Information and Travel Advisory Page Enroll in  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP ) to receive security updates …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 22, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event:  The Embassy has received confirmed reports that several planned, peaceful demonstrations and roadblocks will take place across Guatemala on Monday, October 26.  The participants, veterans of Guatemala’s armed forces, will demonstrate in support of a request to the Guatemalan Congress for “Ley de Dignificacion al …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Location: Guatemala Event:  The Embassy has received confirmed reports that several planned, peaceful demonstrations and roadblocks will take place across Guatemala on Monday, October 26.  The participants, veterans of Guatemala’s armed forces, will demonstrate in support of a request to the Guatemalan Congress for “Ley de Dignificacion al Soldado”.  The participants intend to block roads from 6:00 …

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Security Alert: State of Prevention – Departments of Izabal, Peten, Zacapa, El Progreso, Jutiapa and Chiquimula

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 2, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the Guatemalan government has declared a State of Prevention through October 16, 2020 in the departments of Izabal, Peten, Zacapa, El Progreso, Jutiapa and Chiquimula, due to the presence in those …

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Health Alert – Update on end of State of Calamity, revised COVID-19 testing requirements for entry

Guatemala City, Guatemala (September 30, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the State of Calamity will come to an end at midnight, September 30th. The nationwide curfew in place from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. will end, though the sale of alcohol will remain prohibited between 9:00 p.m. …

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Travel Advisory Level 3: Reconsider Travel

The Embassy of the United States of America Guatemala City, Guatemala (September 28, 2020) Location: Guatemala Travel Advisory Level 3: Reconsider Travel Reconsider travel to Guatemala due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Guatemala due to crime. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a  Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Guatemala  due to COVID-19. Guatemala has lifted …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election, it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: How to vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)

U.S. citizens in Guatemala who intend to vote by absentee ballot in the November 3 general election should mail in their ballots by October 2.   However, if you don’t receive your regular absentee ballot in time to send it back by the deadline, you can still vote with the Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot (FWAB).   Using the FWAB is easy. Just follow these steps: If you …

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Health Alert – Update on Airport Reopening and Entry Requirements

Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the Guatemalan government has re-opened its borders, and La Aurora International Airport has re-opened to both arriving and departing commercial passenger flights.  All persons arriving by air in Guatemala must present a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours of arrival.  Note that …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Information Health Alert – September 4, 2020 Last updated:  09/10/2020 Country-Specific Information: International travel to Guatemala remains closed to most individuals until September 18, but internal travel is largely unrestricted.  Markets, supermarkets, stores and restaurants may operate with social distancing measures in place, and religious services of no more than an hour are permitted.  Sports and entertainment facilities remain closed. …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Health Alert

September 4, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the Guatemalan government has extended until October 5 the State of Calamity due to COVID-19.  Additionally, the government has announced that La Aurora International Airport will re-open to commercial passenger flights September 18, with health protocols in effect for …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Government of Guatemala Restrictions in Response to COVID-19

August 17, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the below COVID-related restrictions are currently in effect. The Embassy recommends that all U.S. citizens in Guatemala continue to restrict their activities and movements to the maximum extent possible, and to wear a mask and practice social distancing at …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Government of Guatemala Continues Restrictions in Response to COVID-19

August 10, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the below COVID-related restrictions are currently in effect. The Embassy recommends that all U.S. citizens in Guatemala continue to restrict their activities and movements to the maximum extent possible, and to wear a mask and practice social distancing at …

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Message for U.S. Citizens Regarding Restrictions by Government of Guatemala in Response to COVID-19

August 3, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala reminds U.S. citizens that the Guatemalan government implemented a nation-wide tiered system of health alerts July 27, which provides updated information on levels of health risk by locality throughout Guatemala, in an effort to prepare for the country’s gradual re-opening. Nevertheless, the Embassy recommends that all …

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Guatemalan Government Shortens Curfew and Launches Tiered COVID-19 Health Alert System

Location: Guatemala Event: On July 27, the Guatemalan government fully implemented its tiered system of health alerts, which provides updated information on levels of health risk by locality throughout Guatemala, in an effort to prepare for the country’s gradual re-opening. Nevertheless, the Embassy recommends that all U.S. citizens in Guatemala continue to restrict their activities and movements …

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Message for U.S. Citizens Regarding Restrictions and Updates by Government of Guatemala in Response to COVID-19

July 20, 2020 Location: Guatemala   Event: The Guatemalan government has declared a state of siege in the municipalities of El Estor, Morales, and Livingston in the department of Izabal, and the municipalities of Panzos and Santa Catarina La Tinta in Alta Verapaz due to the presence of organized criminal groups engaged in narcotrafficking, human trafficking, transportation …

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Message for U.S. Citizens Regarding New Restrictions and Updates by Government of Guatemala in Response to COVID-19

July 14, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event: On Sunday, July 12, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced the following updates to restrictions in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: New health alert system: Guatemala will launch a tiered system of health alerts on July 27, providing updated information on levels of health risk in the country based on …

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Reminder to U.S. Citizens Regarding COVID-19 Guidance

July 9, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:  The United States Embassy in Guatemala continues to facilitate repatriation flights to the United States during the period in which international air travel is suspended due to COVID-19.  At present, United Airlines has flights scheduled through July to the George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport (IAH), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Steps to vote Overseas in the 2020 U.S. Elections

July 2, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: July 4th Voting Message Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or …

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Update for U.S. Citizens Regarding New Travel Restrictions by the Government of Guatemala During COVID-19:

July 1, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:    On Sunday, June 28, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced travel restrictions that are in effect from 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29 to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, July 13, for the departments of Guatemala, Escuintla, Sacatepequez, and Quetzaltenango.  Restrictions on Vehicular Mobility:  All personal vehicles with license plates that end in an odd number (for example P001AAA) can …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

June 30, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  The Embassy has received confirmed reports that a demonstration will take place in Guatemala City on June 30, beginning at El Obelisco at 11:00 a.m., then progress to the Congress of Guatemala.  According to the information received, the demonstration is being organized against certain COVID-related policies put in place by …

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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 23, 2020)

Location: Pacific Coast Event:  The Guatemala National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology, and Hydrology (INVISUMEH) issued a special bulletin today informing that there is a possibility of a Tsunami in the Pacific Coast of Guatemala. INVISUMEH also informs that they will be posting updated information as available. You may access the full report here:   INVISUMEH’s website Actions to …

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Update for U.S. Citizens: Suspension of routine Consular Services at Embassy starting June 22

June 20, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  As a COVID-19-related health and safety measure, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City will suspend all routine consular services for U.S. citizens, beginning on Monday, June 22, and continuing until further notice. While this suspension is in effect, the Embassy will provide passport services on an emergency basis only. U.S. citizens …

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Update for U.S. Citizens – Possible Demonstrations in Guatemala City on June 18

June 18, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  The Embassy has received unconfirmed reports that a demonstration will take place in Guatemala City on June 18, beginning at El Obelisco at 10:00 a.m., then progressing to the National Palace.  According to the information received, the demonstration is being organized against certain COVID-related policies put in place by the …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Voting and Ballots for 2020 U.S. Elections

June 17, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: Update on Voting and Ballots for 2020 U.S. Elections Registering to Vote is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world!  All U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically. Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may receive your ballot …

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Update for U.S. Citizens Regarding New Travel Restrictions by the Government of Guatemala During COVID-19:

June 15, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  On Sunday, June 14, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced new travel restrictions that are in effect from 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 15 to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29, for the departments of Guatemala, El Progreso, Sacatepequez and San Marcos. Restrictions on Vehicular Mobility: All personal vehicles with the …

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Additional United Airlines Flights from Guatemala to the United States Announced

June 8, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  The United States Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform all U.S. citizens that in addition to its ongoing flights to the George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport (IAH), United Airlines has opened additional June U.S.-bound flights with destinations of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD).  The current …

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Public Designation of Gustavo Adolfo Alejos Cambara of Guatemala Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 8, 2020 Today, I am announcing the public designation of former Guatemalan Presidential Chief of Staff Gustavo Adolfo Alejos Cambara of Guatemala due to his involvement in significant corruption.  In his official capacity as the Chief of Staff to former President of the Republic of Guatemala Álvaro Colom, Alejos was involved in corrupt acts that undermined rule of …

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Health Alert: Increased Reports of Suspicious Activity Associated with Delivery Drivers

June 2, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:  The United States Embassy in Guatemala has received reports of suspicious behavior associated with food deliveries in Guatemala City.  With the increased movement restrictions and reduced operating hours of many businesses in Guatemala, people are increasingly taking advantage of the varied food delivery services in the capital.  The Embassy advises …

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Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala: United Airlines offers flights to the United States in June

June 1, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  The United States Embassy in Guatemala reminds all U.S. citizens that United Airlines has made flights available throughout June to assist passengers seeking travel to the United States.  These flights will be available to depart at 12:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, on the following dates: June 1-4; June 8-11; June …

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Message For U.S. Citizens: Tropical Depression Approaching the Pacific Coast of Guatemala

May 30, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:  The Guatemala National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology, and Hydrology (INVISUMEH) issued a special bulletin today informing that a level 2-E tropical depression is approaching the Pacific coast of Guatemala at a speed of 6 kilometers per hour.  The tropical depression may reach the coast and interior of Guatemala over …

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Update for American Citizens – Possible Demonstrations in Guatemala City on May 28

May 27, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:  The Embassy has received unconfirmed reports that a demonstration will take place in Guatemala City on May 28, beginning at El Obelisco at 11:30 a.m., then progressing to the National Palace.  According to the information received, the demonstration is being organized by the group Sociedad en Accion as a protest …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Updates to United Airlines Flights and Clarification on Travel Letters

May 23, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:  The United States Embassy in Guatemala advises U.S. citizens that United Airlines has amended its schedule of available flights from Guatemala City to Houston, Texas for the month of June. According to the amended schedule, flights will be available to depart at 12:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, on the following dates: …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (May 23, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event:  The United States Embassy in Guatemala advises U.S. citizens that United Airlines has amended its schedule of available flights from Guatemala City to Houston, Texas for the month of June. According to the amended schedule, flights will be available to depart at 12:00 …

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Update for U.S. Citizens regarding COVID-19 ongoing Restrictions by the Government of Guatemala

May 18, 2020 Location: Guatemala   Event:   On Sunday, May 17th, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced the following updates to ongoing restrictions to movement and activities implemented to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Please see below for the most current guidance: Requirement to Remain in Residence from May 22nd Evening to May 25th Morning The President …

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Update For U.S. Citizens: Changes to COVID-19 Restrictions by the Government of Guatemala

May 14, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   On Thursday, May 14th, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced the imposition of new restrictions to movement and activities, to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  These restrictions include the following: Closure of Country Until Monday, May 18 The President announced the complete closure of Guatemala, effective immediately and lasting through …

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Update for U.S. Citizens about internal travel restrictions announced by the government of Guatemala

May 12, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   On Sunday, May 10th, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei reinstated a travel ban between all departments in Guatemala, applicable to all travelers except those transporting cargo.  This restriction expands from the ban that had previously been in place, which restricted travel only for the specific departments of Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango, Guatemala, and El …

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Travel alert for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala: United Airlines offering flights on May 3rd, 5th and 8th

May 1, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The United States Embassy in Guatemala City advises U.S. citizens that United Airlines has opened multiple flights from Guatemala City to the United States throughout the month of May, including the following flights through Friday, May 8: Sunday, May 3 – 12:00 departure (Flight 3011) from Guatemala City to Houston, …

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Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala: United Airlines Offering Flight on May 3rd.

April 28, 2020 Location: Guatemala   Event: The United States Embassy in Guatemala City advises U.S. citizens that United Airlines has opened a flight from Guatemala City to the United States on the following date: Sunday, May 3 – 12:00 departure (Flight 3011) from Guatemala City to Houston, TX. We urge U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (April 27, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event: On Sunday, April 26th, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced that all restrictions to movement and activities currently in place to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus will remain in effect through May 3, 2020.  The Government of Guatemala may further extend their duration at any time.  This includes the following restrictions: Curfew: …

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Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala: United Airlines Offering Flights on April 29th and May 1st.

April 20, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event: The United States Embassy in Guatemala City advises U.S. citizens that United Airlines has opened flights from Guatemala City to the United States on the following dates: Wednesday, April 29 – 12:00 departure (Flight 3026) from Guatemala City to Houston, TX. Friday, May 1 – 12:00 departure (Flight 3027) from …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Changes on COVID-19 Restrictions by Government of Guatemala

April 20, 2020 Location: Guatemala   Event:   On Sunday, April 19th, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced changes to two restrictions on movement and activities currently in place to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  Unless further extended by the Guatemalan government, these restrictions will remain in place until April 27.  The Government of Guatemala may further extend …

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Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala: United Airlines Offering Flights on April 24th and 25th

April 17, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The United States Embassy in Guatemala City advises U.S. citizens that United Airlines has opened flights from Guatemala City to the United States on the following dates: Friday, April 24 – 12:00 departure (Flight 3021) from Guatemala City to Houston, TX.  Saturday April 25 – 12:00 departure (Flight 3022) from …

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Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens Traveling to Guatemala City for United Airlines Flights

April 16, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The government of Guatemala has agreed to provide permission for inter-departmental travel to American citizens and legal permanent residents traveling to Guatemala City for the specific purpose of flying to the United States from La Aurora International Airport.  Each traveler will need to obtain, and carry on their person while …

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Information for U.S. Citizens Regarding Commercial Flight Options to the United States

April 14, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The United States Embassy in Guatemala City advises U.S. citizens that United Airlines has opened flights from Guatemala City to the United States on the following dates: Friday, April 17 – 12:00 p.m. departure (Flight 3041) from Guatemala City to Houston, TX. Saturday April 18 – 12:00 p.m. departure (Flight …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (April 13, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event: On Sunday, April 12th, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced the extension of the country’s mandatory curfew, and the amendment or continuation of several other restrictions on movement and activities currently in place. Unless otherwise noted, these restrictions will remain in place until April 20 at 4:00 a.m., and the Government of Guatemala …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (April 9, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event:   On April 8 Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced the requirement that all individuals wear masks in public spaces, including in grocery stores and on the street, to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus.  This regulation will come into effect on Monday, April 13, and, according to President Giammattei, will likely remain in place …

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Repatriation of Remains to the United States during COVID-19

April 8, 2020 CDC requirements for importing human remains depend upon if the body has been embalmed, cremated, or if the person died from a  quarantinable communicable disease . At this time, COVID-19 is a quarantinable communicable disease in the United States and the remains must meet the standards for importation found in 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part …

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Update for U.S. Citizens Regarding Embassy Consular Services

April 8, 2020 Location: Guatemala   Event: Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective March 20, 2020, the U.S Department of State began limiting its passport operations.  Effective April 2, we have further limited our ability to offer routine passport and citizenship services overseas.   For U.S. citizens in the United States, we …

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Information for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala Regarding Visa Status

April 6, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:   The Instituto Guatemalteco de Migración (Guatemalan immigration office) announced on April 6, 2020 that non-Guatemalans who entered Guatemala legally using a tourist visa, but who are unable to depart due to the travel restrictions put in place by the Guatemalan government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be allowed to …

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Update for U.S. Citizens on travel restrictions and curfew

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (April 4, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event: Today (Saturday, April 4th), Guatemalan president Alejandro Giammattei announced that all travel between departments in Guatemala will be prohibited from tomorrow, April 5th at 4:00 p.m. until Sunday, April 12th at 11:59 p.m. The sale, purchase, and public consumption of alcoholic …

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Update for U.S. Citizens – Services Offered by the American Citizen Services Section

April 3, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   We wish to update U.S. citizens on the status of services offered by the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Embassy, in light of recent events in Guatemala: Emergency Assistance: Embassy services available as needed. Please contact AmcitsGuatemala@state.gov and/or call +502 2326-4000. Passport and Citizenship Services: The Embassy …

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Update for U.S. Citizens Regarding Commercial Flight Options to the United States

April 2, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy would like to emphasize Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent message to U.S. citizens currently outside the United States: “We do not know in some countries how long the continued commercial flights in your country may continue to operate.  We can’t guarantee the U.S. Government’s ability to …

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Update for U.S. Citizens Regarding Commercial Flight Options to the United States

March 31, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   The last scheduled State Department charter flights from Guatemala City to Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) departed this morning.  In the past nine days, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala has offered twelve charters and helped nearly 1,900 American citizens and legal permanent residents return home. At this time, we do not expect additional …

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Update for U.S. Citizens – Embassy Requests Response to Charter Flight Confirmations

March 30, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   A large percentage of confirmed passengers scheduled for the March 30 State Department charters did not show up for their flights.  As a result, the U.S. Embassy was able to accommodate many passengers as “stand by” additions to the manifests and we were able to fill both flights before departure. The last two State Department-coordinated flights departing …

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Update for U.S. Citizens regarding Extension of Curfew – (March 29, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 29, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event:   Today (Sunday, March 29th), Guatemalan president Alejandro Giammattei announced that Guatemala will extend its nationwide curfew and the closing of its national borders until Sunday, April 12th.  U.S. citizens in Guatemala are reminded of the following: Curfew (Toque de queda) The curfew lasts …

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Update for U.S. Citizens – Embassy Requests Response to Charter Flight Confirmations

March 28, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:   A large percentage of confirmed passengers scheduled for the two March 28 State Department charters did not show up for their flights and did not contact the U.S. Embassy to cancel their request for travel assistance.  This resulted in the second charter flight having to depart with space still …

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Update for U.S. Citizens Regarding State Department Charter Flights to the United States

March 27, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   The U.S. Embassy has now individually notified all confirmed travelers for the State Department charter flights departing from Guatemala City to Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) airport on Saturday, March 28th and Monday, March 30th.  These flights are now fully booked. There are two additional State Department charter flights scheduled for …

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Please See this Link for an Update on Guatemala’s State of Calamity Declaration, Border Closings, the Nationwide Curfew, and Blockades

March 27, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:   Recently the Guatemalan government has taken expanded measures aimed at protecting the health and safety of all persons in Guatemala, including U.S. citizens. This message explains the differences between three of the official measures the Guatemalan government has taken, and how these measures impact U.S. citizens currently in Guatemala: …

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Further Instructions for Traveling on State Department Charter Flights to the United States

March 26, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents wishing to travel on U.S. government-coordinated charter flights from Guatemala City to the United States are reminded of the following requirement for registration and travel on State Department charter flights: When contacting the U.S. Embassy to submit traveler information, we request that each …

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Additional State Department Charter Flights for U.S. Citizens Start on Saturday, March 28

March 26, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala has coordinated six (6) additional charter flights — operated by American Airlines — from La Aurora airport in Guatemala City to Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) airport in the United States. The first two of these flights will commence on Saturday, March 28th. Two more flights …

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Updated Information for U.S. Citizens Regarding Flights from Guatemala City

March 24, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala is coordinating with commercial carriers to facilitate additional commercial flights from Guatemala City to the United States (see participating airlines below). We urge U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents wishing to travel to the United States to contact these airlines directly and immediately to …

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Updated Information for U.S. Citizens Regarding Charter Flights

March 24, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:   All U.S. government-coordinated charter flights from Guatemala City to the United States are now fully booked and the U.S. Embassy is in the process of contacting confirmed passengers for Wednesday’s flights.  We are aware there are U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who still wish to depart Guatemala and …

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Updated Information for U.S. Citizens on STEP Program

March 24, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:   As a reminder for U.S. citizens registered in the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), your registration expires automatically based on the dates entered and you will not receive updates after that date. Update your account to show that you are still in Guatemala. Follow these instructions to keep receiving messages …

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Updated Information for U.S. Citizens Returning to the U.S.

March 23, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:   The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala continues to coordinate charter flights through American Airlines from La Aurora airport in Guatemala City to the United States. We do not know when regular commercial flights will resume in Guatemala after these U.S. government-coordinated charter flights, but urge travelers to continue to check …

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FAQs regarding Charter Flights Organized by the U.S. Department of State for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala

Is the U.S. Embassy organizing charter flights for U.S. citizens? The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala has coordinated charter flights – the first two flights departing Monday, March 23 – from La Aurora airport in Guatemala City to the Dallas/Fort Worth airport.  Additional flights are scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25, two each …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Travel to Guatemala City/Curfew

March 22, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:   For U.S. citizens who are currently outside Guatemala City and would like to be included in charter flights organized by the Embassy: Since flights may occur on short notice, we urge travelers to begin preparations to move towards the capital, and be ready to arrive to La Aurora Airport …

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State Department Charter Flights for U.S. Citizens start on Monday

March 22, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:   The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala has coordinated charter flights – the first two flights departing Monday – from La Aurora airport in Guatemala City to the United States. We do not know when civilian flights will resume in Guatemala after these U.S. government-coordinated charter flights, but urge travelers to …

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Guatemala Begins Curfew Starting March 22

March 20, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: On March 21, President Giammattei announced that, effective Sunday, March 22, a nationwide curfew will take effect. The curfew is from 4:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. and is scheduled to be in effect until March 29. Everyone in Guatemala, including foreigners, is expected to remain in their homes during …

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Information for U.S. Citizens Seeking to Depart Guatemala

Guatemala March 20, 2020 Location:  Guatemala Event:  The U.S. Embassy is exploring all options to assist U.S. citizens in Guatemala who wish to return to the United States.  This includes possible charter aircraft if commercial flights between the United States and Guatemala have not resumed.  In preparation for possible flights, U.S. citizens and legal permanent …

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Information for U.S. Citizens Exiting Guatemala by Land

March 20, 2020 Exit Via Land from Guatemala   The Guatemalan government is currently allowing foreign travelers to exit via land border crossing into Mexico, and Mexico is currently allowing them to enter. Some private tour operators are operating buses to these border crossings. Some foreign embassies have also arranged bus transport for their citizens …

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Information Update for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala

March 19 The State Department recently issued a global travel advisory recommending that American Citizens abroad return to the United States.  We are aware that Guatemala’s airport closure has made it difficult for U.S. citizens wishing to return to the United States and are exploring all possible options to assist American Citizens who wish to …

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Information for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala

March 18, 2020 Information for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala   The Department of State has no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. We are aware the governments of several countries have announced suspension of air travel, including Guatemala. We are considering all options to assist U.S. citizens in these countries. …

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U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 16, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event: On March 16, Guatemalan President Giammattei announced four (4) additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to six. President Giammattei also announced the closure of Guatemalan borders for a period of 15 days beginning after the arrival of the last flight shortly prior to 11:59 pm on …

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Travel and Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 15, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event:  Based on current Guatemala travel restrictions, it appears that almost all direct flight service to the United States will cease at 11:59 pm on Monday, March 16, 2020.  Travelers should check with individual air carriers to confirm flight options beyond that date and those with existing itineraries should reconfirm their departure details. …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 14, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event:  President Giammattei announced on March 13 the first case of COVID-19 to be diagnosed in Guatemala; a Guatemalan who had visited Northern Italy.  He also announced new restrictions for people traveling from the United States and Canada.  After midnight Monday, March 16, people who spent time in the U.S. or Canada will not be …

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U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting-Reminder

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 5, 2020) Location: Quetzaltenango Event: U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting-Reminder The U.S. Embassy will hold a Passport Fair in Quetzaltenango on March 10 and 11, 2020.  Applications will be accepted for adults and children who are renewing their passports.  On March 10, we will also hold …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (February 25, 2020)

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (February 25, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event:  The President of Guatemala announced today, February 25, 2020, an increased level of precautionary measures regarding the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Guatemala is responding to additional countries beyond China reporting person-to-person transmission. This state of “maximum alert” intensifies preventive actions …

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COVID-19 Information

Health Alert – September 30, 2020 Last updated:  10/5/2020 Country-Specific Information: All passengers age 10 and over arriving in Guatemala by air and land are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival, and comply with health screening requirements.  All businesses, entertainment facilities, places of worship, and public spaces may operate, …

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State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (February 14, 2020) Location:  Six Municipalities in the Department of Escuintla Event: State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence The Government of Guatemala has announced a State of Prevention for the Municipalities of Escuintla, Nueva Concepción, Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, Tiquisate, Puerto San José and Palín, all …

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State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (February 5, 2020) Location:  Municipality of Chimaltenango, Department of Chimaltenango  Event: State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence The Government of Guatemala has announced a State of Prevention for the Municipality of Chimaltenango.  The State of Prevention is due to the ongoing security situation in Chimaltenango …

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Visit of Social Security and Federal Benefits Representatives

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (February 24-28, 2020) Location:    INGUAT (Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo) 7a. Ave. 1-17, Zona 4 – First Floor Event: Visit of Social Security and Federal Benefits Representatives Representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit, located in San Jose, Costa Rica, will visit Guatemala from February 24 to 28, 2020 to …

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State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 24, 2020) Location:  Municipality of Villa Nueva, Department of Guatemala Event: State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence The Government of Guatemala has announced a State of Prevention for the Municipality of Villa Nueva.  The State of Prevention is due to the ongoing security situation …

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U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 23, 2020)  Location: Quetzaltenango Event: U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting The U.S. Embassy will hold a Passport Fair in Quetzaltenango on March 10 and 11, 2020.  Applications will be accepted for adults and children who are renewing their passports.  On March 10, we will also hold …

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2020 U.S. Elections

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 22, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event: 2020 U.S. Elections Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world! Actions to take:  Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so …

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Security Alert – State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 17, 2020) Location:  Municipalities of San Juan Sacatepéquez and Mixco, Department of Guatemala Event: State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence The Government of Guatemala has announced a State of Prevention for the Municipalities of San Juan Sacatepéquez and Mixco.  The State of Prevention is …

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Demonstrations Alert

Demonstrations Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 13, 2020) Location: Throughout Guatemala Event: President Giammattei Inauguration The Guatemalan Presidential Inauguration will occur on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, with formal events scheduled throughout the day.  Due to the anticipated large crowds, traffic, and potential for protests, the Embassy has cautioned personnel and family members to …

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Heightened Middle East Tensions

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 8, 2020) Location: Throughout Guatemala Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed.  Embassy operations are …

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Annual Payment of Guatemalan Residency Fees

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (December 26, 2019) Location: Throughout Guatemala Event: Annual Payment of Guatemalan Residency Fees The Instituto Guatemalteco de Migración (Guatemalan immigration office) implemented an annual payment of $40 for Guatemalan residency holders in February 2019.  The deadline for this payment is December 31st, 2019 and must be processed at the …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (December 5, 2019)

Location: Guatemala City and throughout Guatemala Event:  Saturday, December 7, 2019, is the annual “Quema del Diablo.”  This traditional event, which marks the beginning of the Christmas Season, is celebrated with the burning of papier mâche figures and fireworks.  The “Quema” begins at 6:00 pm all around the country, in the streets, and will affect traffic …

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U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting – San Marcos

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 26, 2019) Location: San Marcos Event: U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting The U.S. Embassy will hold a Passport Fair in San Marcos on December 10 and 11, 2019.  Applications will be accepted for adults and children who are renewing their passports.  On December 10, we will …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 15, 2019)

Location: Guatemala City Event:  On Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 4:00 pm, festivities will begin for the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, held in the center of the Obelisco.  This event will affect traffic on roads leading to and from the Obelisco throughout the afternoon and into the evening.  The actual tree lighting will occur at …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 13, 2019)

Location: Guatemala Event:  The Comité de Desarollo Campesino (CODECA) and Coordinadora Nacional de Organizaciones Campesinas (CNOC) are calling for demonstrations on November 14, 2019, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.  There is an announced march that will start at the Obelisco in Zone 10 and move toward the U.S. Embassy.  Demonstrators are expected to congregate …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 13, 2019)

Location:  Izabal, San Marcos and Huehuetenango Event:  The Government of Guatemala officially lifted the State of Siege in the Department of Izabal and additional municipalities in various departments, on November 7, 2019.  Embassy personnel may resume personal and official travel throughout Guatemala. Travel restrictions for Embassy personnel to the Departments of Huehuetenango and San Marcos …

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Natural Disaster Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Natural Disaster Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 11, 2019)  Location: Guatemala   Event: Tsunami Warnings  CONRED (Coordinadora Nacional Para la Reducción de Desastres) the National Coordinator for Disaster Preparedness issued the following information, via social media: In reference to the tsunami warnings that have been shared through social media, INSIVUMEH and The Pacific Tsunami …

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Presidential Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Will Financially Burden the United States Healthcare System

The White House Healthcare October 4, 2019 Healthcare providers and taxpayers bear substantial costs in paying for medical expenses incurred by people who lack health insurance or the ability to pay for their healthcare.  Hospitals and other providers often administer care to the uninsured without any hope of receiving reimbursement from them.  The costs associated …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 8, 2019)

Location:  20 municipalities in Guatemala Event:  The Government of Guatemala has announced that the State of Siege continues in all of the municipalities listed below.  Municipalities no longer subject to the State of Siege include Nahualá and Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán in the department of Sololá, and Puerto Barrios and Livingston in the Department of Izabal.  …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 3, 2019)

Location: Izabal (22 municipalities) and Sololá (Nahualá and Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán) Event:  The Government of Guatemala has announced the continuation of the State of Siege for the Department of Izabal, the original 22 municipalities, and has now added the municipalities of Nahualá and Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, in Sololá. Accordingly, the U.S. Embassy has restricted travel …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (September 12, 2019)

Location: Guatemala Event:  Beginning Friday, September 13th through Sunday, September 15th, 2019, expect heavy traffic on all roads throughout Guatemala due to Independence Day celebrations and activities. Celebrations within Guatemala City will begin to impact traffic on Friday, originating from the Obelisco in zone 10.  Participation is expected to number in the tens of thousands.  …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (August 14, 2019)

Location:  Guatemala, countrywide  Event: Increase in cases of dengue fever and hemorrhagic fever. This message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Guatemala to an increase in reported cases of dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) by the Guatemalan Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare to our local office of …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (August 5, 2019)

Location: Guatemala Event:  The Comite de Desarollo Campesino (CODECA) is calling for national strikes in the form of road blockages and demonstrations/marches on August 6, 2019, starting in the early morning.  The strikes are expected to impact travel throughout the country, including Guatemala City.  Below is a list of potential road blockage locations.  CODECA leaders …

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Security Alert – As a precaution, official approval is required for Embassy personnel to travel to the Huehuetenango and San Marcos Departments

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 29,  2019)  Location: Huehuetenango and San Marcos Departments  Event:  As a precaution, official approval is required for Embassy personnel to travel to the Huehuetenango and San Marcos Departments due to on-going security concerns.  Embassy operations are normal. Actions to Take: Review your personal security …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 11, 2019)

January 11, 2019 Location: Guatemala Event: Various organizations announced today, January 11, that demonstrations and roadblocks will occur throughout Guatemala over the coming days. Expect heavy traffic and blocked roads throughout Guatemala City and in other areas in the country resulting in multiple hour delays. We do not have specific information relating to start or …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

October 12, 2018 Location: Huehuetenango  Event:  There are reports of ongoing violence in Ixquisis, San Mateo Ixtatan, Huehuetenango Department.   As a precaution, officially approved travel is required for Embassy personnel to travel to the Huehuetenango Department.  Embassy operations are normal. Actions to Take: Review your personal security plans and remain aware of your surroundings, including …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (September 11, 2018)

Location: Guatemala City Event:  Large-scale demonstrations of tens of thousands of participants are expected on September 12, 2018, in Guatemala City.  Demonstrators plan to meet at several locations within the city and march towards Congress in zone 1.  The reported gathering locations include the Obelisco in zone 10, Trébol in zone 11, Metro Norte in …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (September 6, 2018) Location: Guatemala City Event:  There are unconfirmed reports of large-scale demonstrations and roadblocks to begin in and around Guatemala City over the coming days.  There are confirmed reports that as many as 1000 public medical providers and others plan to march from …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (September 1, 2018) Location: Guatemala City Event: Demonstrations are planned to begin today at 3:00 p.m. in front of the National Palace in Zone 1. U.S. Embassy operations are normal unless otherwise announced. ​Actions to Take: Review your personal security plans and remain aware of …

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Security Alert – U.S Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – August 31, 2018

Location: Guatemala City Event: Protests are scheduled to occur today at Constitutional Plaza, CICIG, and possibly Parque Central in Antigua, following President Jimmy Morales’ announcement that the government of Guatemala will not renew the mandate of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG).  U.S. Embassy operations are normal unless otherwise announced.  Actions to take: …

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Natural Disaster Alert Update – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 12, 2018)

Location: Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango, Escuintla  Event: As of June 12 at 7:35 a.m. Fuego Volcano continues to emit currents of hot gas and volcanic matter towards the Chimaltenango area based on direction of the winds. Guatemalan authorities discourage visiting closed areas.  Avalanches have produced ash columns, which may result in ash fall in affected areas over …

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Traffic and Demonstrations Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 12, 2018)

Location: Guatemala City  Event: The Comite de Desarollo Campesino (CODECA) announced today that marches will occur throughout Guatemala City starting tomorrow at 7:00 a.m.  CODECA identified the areas around the Obelisco in Zone 10, Metro Norte in Zone 17, El Trebol in Zone 11, and Perrirosevelt in Zone 7 as possible areas of heavy traffic …

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Natural Disaster Alert Update – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 5, 2018)

Location: Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango, Escuintla  Event: On Tuesday, June 5, Fuego Volcano erupted again at approximately 2:10 p.m. local time. The new eruption dispersed hot gas and volcanic matter into the air in the direction of west and northwest, but the direction could change in accordance with prevailing winds. The Guatemalan governmental agency for natural disasters …

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Natural Disaster Alert Update – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 4, 2018)

Location: Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Guatemala City (La Aurora International Airport) Event: On Sunday, June 3, Fuego Volcano erupted for the second time in 2018, with the strongest registered eruption in the past several years. The new eruption generated a fast-moving current of hot gas and volcanic matter in the direction of the city. The …

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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 3, 2018)

Location: Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango and Guatemala City (La Aurora International Airport) Event: On Sunday, June 3, Fuego Volcano erupted for the second time in 2018, with the strongest registered eruption in the past several years. The new eruption has generated a fast-moving current of hot gas and volcanic matter in the direction of the city. The …

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Long Overdue Freedom for Joshua Holt in Venezuela

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Secretary Pompeo May 26, 2018 The United States welcomes the release of Joshua Holt and his wife Thamara, who were unjustly imprisoned in Venezuela. We extend our special thanks to Senator Bob Corker, Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator Mike Lee, Representative Mia Love, and all the …

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The U.S. Embassy will be closed on Monday, May 28

REF#: 2018-30 May 25, 2018 The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section, will be closed on Monday, May 28, to commemorate Memorial Day, a U.S. holiday that honors military service members who died serving the United States. The mission, including all agencies of the U.S. Government represented in Guatemala, will resume their regular activities on …

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Prohibiting certain additional Transactions with respect to Venezuela

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary May 21, 2018 EXECUTIVE ORDER By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), and section 301 …

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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

May 14, 2018 Location:   Guatemala, country-wide. Event:  Continued heavy rainfall is affecting road conditions and could lead to landslides and flooding throughout Guatemala.  According to the Government of Guatemala, these conditions signal the beginning of the rainy season. Actions to Take: Avoid traveling while heavy rains occur as roads can quickly become extremely unsafe. Check …

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Event: Semana Santa in Guatemala

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala March 23, 2018 Location: Guatemala, countrywide Event: As we approach Semana Santa (March 26–April 1) the U.S. Embassy would like to remind citizens to be vigilant at celebrations throughout Guatemala. Please take note of the potential for increased criminal activity. Armed robbery and petty theft are a …

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Red Alert in Izabal

February 1, 2018 Location: Izabal, Guatemala On Tuesday, January 30th, CONRED (Stands for Coordinadora Departamental para la Reducción de Desastres) from Izabal, declared a Regional Red Alert due to heavy rains in that region.  Based on this, the Guatemala Regional Emergency Operations Center has been activated to coordinate assistance to affected persons. The Izabal area …

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Planned Demonstrations in Guatemala City

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala Message for US Citizens Planned Demonstrations in Guatemala City September 19, 2017 There are reports of multiple planned demonstrations in Guatemala City on September 20th, 2017.  Demonstrators will reportedly gather at key intersections and landmarks in Guatemala City and move to the area of the Guatemalan Congress and central plaza …

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